Work, care and social security: making it work for children and families

Time and date
Tuesday 28 June, 12pm - 1pm
Online webinar

Join our BSL Talks webinar on Tuesday 28 June

Much has changed since Bob Hawke’s 1987 claim that no Australian child would live in poverty by 1990.

Yet today, more than one in six children live in poverty, and those in sole parent families are at much greater risk of living in poverty than children in couple families. So, what needs to be done to tackle child and family poverty?

Join BSL's Dr Dina Bowman and a panel of experts as they discuss work, care and social security, and what needs to change to improve things for children and families.

Panelists include:
Emeritus Professor Bettina Cass, University of New South Wales & University of Sydney

Bettina Cass AO FASSA is an Australian sociologist and social policy adviser. As of 2020 she is Emeritus Professor at both the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney. Bettina Cass was elected Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 1989. She was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia in the 1990 Australia Day Honours for “service to social security policy and women’s affairs”.

Professor Peter Whiteford, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University
Peter Whiteford is a Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, Canberra. Between 2008 and 2012 he worked at the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney. He previously worked as a Principal Administrator in the Directorate of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris. His work at the OECD encompassed pension and welfare policies in OECD countries, Eastern Europe and China. He also worked on child poverty, family assistance policies, and welfare reform.